- For the home 'meta' wiki used for discussion, help, development, and advice regarding use of the actual MediaWiki (MW) software and extensions, and MW software downloads, see: MediaWiki.org.
MediaWiki (MW) is the wiki engine software package that runs or 'powers' this WikiIndex wiki site. Originally designed, created, and developed for the then fledgling Wikipedia wiki site in 2002 (though not the original wiki engine that powered the original Wikipedia from 2001; that was the Perl-based UseMod Wiki software); MediaWiki software is now used by the most active and largest wiki sites. MediaWiki is also used extensively, and exclusively by all other wiki sites hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) (including all of their wiki 'projects'); along with many, many other independently-hosted wiki sites. MediaWiki is also the software of first choice to power many different free and commercial wiki farms.
- History and features
After it was discovered that the UseMod Wiki software was not adequate nor appropriate to power a wiki-based encyclopedia, a new software solution was required for Wikipedia. The initial 'pre-version' software (known as 'Phase II (2) software' in Wikipedia circles) was created by Magnus Manske, and was used on all available Wikipedia versions from 25 January 2002. A 'Phase III (3) software' became the first 'official' MediaWiki software, and this was a substantial re-write of Phase II by Lee Daniel Crocker; this new 'MediaWiki' software was first used on the English Wikipedia on 20 July 2002.
MediaWiki is compiled and written in the PHP programming language, and is probably one of the most widely deployed wiki engines in the global wikisphere. Some might argue that a wiki should be more simplistic, with fewer features; however, MediaWikis' design, and its prolific success speaks for itself. MediaWiki has spawned many clones, or 'forks', the most notable being Wikia (now branded as Fandom), along with GetWiki (created for Wikinfo.org). MediaWiki is extremely highly (and constantly) developed, it is feature-rich, open source, and is now very complex free software, that is released under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL v2). MediaWiki requires either MySQL 5.0.2+, PostgreSQL, or SQLite for data storage; it can not use 'flat-file' data storage.
- MediaWiki size information
- add /Special:Statistics at the end of the URL – e.g.
https://YourWikiURL.org/wiki/Special:Statistics(non-English language interface versions will automatically convert this to their actual language). Dependent on MW software version, there is a number called 'Content pages', or on earlier MW versions 'pages that are probably legitimate content pages'; use that lower number. Ignore the (often much larger) 'all pages in the wiki, including redirects' number. It is also possible to add a private MediaWiki site entry to the WikiStats by S23 list of MediaWiki sites system (at S23-Wiki), which tracks various statistics of MediaWiki-powered wiki sites.
- MediaWiki wikiFactor (wF) information
- go to the /Special:PopularPages page of the wiki – e.g.
- Note: from around MediaWiki version 1.24, the then included standard internal tool which provided the 'page views' output and popular pages list rankings was globally disabled (removed) from all future releases of MediaWiki. It is still possible to use the 'Special:PopularPages' link, but only if the wiki site owner or server-side system administrator subsequently added Extension: HitCounters, available from MediaWiki.org. If popular pages is no longer available, it is acceptable to use an archived value of wikiFactor, supported by an appropriate archived Special:PopularPages URL.
- See also
- MediaWiki.org — home wiki site for discussion, help, development, and advice for use on the specific MediaWiki software and extensions
- Category: MediaWiki wiki farm — hosting services (typically 'paid-for' commercial) for wiki sites which use MediaWiki
- Category: Free MediaWiki wiki farm — hosting services for wiki sites which use MediaWiki without charge or fee (typically funded by inclusion of advertising)
- WikiApiary — the wiki site for detailed information on all MediaWiki-powered websites, itself powered by MediaWiki, together with Semantic MediaWiki
- Template: WikiStats by S23.org MediaWiki projects table — original WikiStats data from mutante, last updated 2014-12-30 but interesting historical data
- External links
- View a detailed feature list of MediaWiki on the WikiMatrix wiki engine comparison wiki-site.
- MediaWiki-announce – MediaWiki update and security announcements list — at Lists.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia Lists
- MediaWiki-l – MediaWiki announcements and site admin list — at Lists.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia Lists
- Directory of all MediaWiki releases — at Releases.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia Releases
- MediaWiki / core — at Gerrit.Wikimedia.org
- Sites using MediaWiki — at MediaWiki.org
- Help: Contents — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: FAQ — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: Configuration settings — at MediaWiki.org
- Manual: Combating spam — at MediaWiki.org
- WikiStats – List of MediaWikis (independent) — sortable list table of over 12,120 independent MediaWiki-powered wiki sites from Wikistats 2.2 at WikiStats.WMCloud.org; independent MediaWiki statistics from mutante, hosted by Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)
- List of largest MediaWikis — sortable tabulated list of largest wiki sites (from any host) by 'good' pages, in html output
- List of largest MediaWikis — tabulated list of largest wiki sites (from any host) by 'good' pages, in downloadable csv (spreadsheet) output
- List of largest MediaWikis — tabulated list of largest wiki sites (from any host) by 'good' pages, in wikitext (wikitable) output
- List of 1308 private MediaWikis — sortable list from WikiStats by S23.org (last updated 30 December 2014, but still useful historical information)
- Wikistats — at wiki.S23.org, the new site of S23-Wiki, now hosted by Miraheze
- MediaWiki usage statistics — at trends.BuiltWith.com
- MediaWikiOrg Twitter feed — (rather dormant and inactive!)
- MediaWikiOrg Facebook page
- MediaWiki Developers Facebook group
- Comparison of UseMod with MediaWiki — at UseMod Wiki
- Importing pbwiki to mediawiki — KnowledgeLab.org.uk at KnowledgeLab, via Archive.org
- Importing pbwiki to mediawiki — WikiAngela.com at WikiAngela, via Archive.org (mirror of above KnowledgeLab article)
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF), founded 20 June 2003, is the wiki company and non-profit charitable organization responsible for a very large number (over 900 in total) of very active wiki sites, which are grouped together by primary subject and known as a 'project'; as well as the wiki engine software initially developed by themselves, known as MediaWiki. The Wikimedia Foundations' major wiki projects started with Wikipedia (encyclopedia), and subsequently expanded to include Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikiquote (quotations), Wikibooks (open content textbooks), Wikisource (free content primary-source and secondary-source texts), Wikinews (news source), Wikiversity (open learning community), Wikispecies (free species directory), and many others as listed below. Most of these 'projects' have separate wiki site versions written in many different languages. There is also the Wikimedia Commons (shared repository for documents, images, videos, and other media and text files), Wikidata (central space knowledge base for data used on all WMF projects), and the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki (coordination of issues common to all Wikimedia projects). The Wikimedia Foundations' global reach is nurtured in its Incubator, where all new language versions for all projects are initiated and developed before being launched as a new separate wiki site. The Foundations' most recent major project, Wikivoyage (a 'travelpedia'), was inducted to WMF in late 2012.
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, granted April 2005, and headquartered at 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600, San Francisco County, State of California 94104, United States of America.
All Wikimedia Foundation projects, wiki sites, portals, and websites (view / edit / talk) • (category)
Wikipedia • Wiktionary • Wikiquote • Wikibooks • Wikisource • Wikinews • Wikiversity • Wikispecies • MediaWiki.org • Commons • Commons Archive • Wikidata • Wikidata Test • Wikivoyage • Meta-Wiki • Incubator • Wikitech • Wikimedia Foundation •
Thematic organizations •
User groups •
Beta Cluster •
Software Releases •
- Wikimedia Foundation private and management wikis
Board • BoardGovCom • Foundation Governance • Office • Executive • Internal • Affiliations Committee • OTRS • Collab • Movement Roles • Audit Committee • Search Committee • Advisory Board • Quality • Usability Initiative • Strategic Planning • SP-Com • Stewards • CheckUser • Advisors
- Wikimedia Foundation hosting services
- External links
- www.Wikimedia.org — Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) portal to all of the major WMF projects
- WikimediaFoundation.org — original public wiki of Wikimedia Foundation, closed July 2018, now a WordPress blog
- Wikimedia Foundation Vision — at the WikimediaFoundation.org blog
- Wikimedia movement — Meta.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Complete list of Wikimedia projects — Meta.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Template: Table of Wikimedia projects — Meta.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- List of Wikimedia projects by size (sortable) — Meta.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- SiteMatrix table of all Wikimedia wikis — listed by language, project, inter-project link, and interwiki, Meta.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki, along with list of all private and management wiki
- Toolserver: Wiki server assignments — formerly at Wikimedia Toolserver, now at MediaWiki.org
- Current status Wikimedia Foundation – Core services — public website health status for WMF, Status.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Status
- Wikimedia Statistics – Wikistats – comprehensive statistics by project — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – active wikis per project — from creation up to October 2018, Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – total editors per project — up to October 2018, Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – total edits per project — Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – total articles per project — from creation up to December 2018, Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – new articles per project — from creation up to December 2018, Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia – total pageviews per project — 2008 to December 2018, Wikistats v1 (public domain) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Page views for Wikimedia, all projects, both sites, normalized, 26 March 2019 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Report card: summaries for Commons and 9 other projects, at a glance December 2018 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Other Projects: edit and revert counts, since start of project, 31 December 2016 — Wikistats v1 (public domain) (final release, 31 January 2019) from Erik Zachte, Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- Wikimedia Statistics – all wikis (overview) — monthly overviews of reading, contributing, and content, from Wikistats v2 (data available under CC0 1.0), Stats.Wikimedia.org at Wikimedia Statistics
- WikiStats – List of Wikimedia special projects — sortable list table of Wikimedia Foundation wiki sites from Wikistats 2.2 at WikiStats.WMCloud.org; independent MediaWiki statistics from mutante, hosted by Wikimedia Cloud Services (WMCS)
- All Wikimedia projects by size — sortable tabulated list of largest WMF wiki sites by 'good' pages, in html output
- All Wikimedia projects by size — tabulated list of largest WMF wiki sites by 'good' pages, in downloadable csv (spreadsheet) output
- All Wikimedia projects by size — tabulated list of largest WMF wiki sites by 'good' pages, in wikitext (wikitable) output
- Wikiscan statistics — independent statistics website about Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) hosted wiki sites (CC-BY-SA 3.0), at Wikiscan.org (founded 2011)
- Database dump progress — list of live database dumps at Dumps.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia Downloads
- Wikimedia Foundation database dumps uploaded to the Internet Archive — by Hydriz, at Archive.org
- comScore data on Wikimedia — historical summary from 2010 of comScore data on Wikimedia Foundation sites, from User:Stu at Wikimedia Meta-Wiki
- Wikimedia Interactive Statistics — from Martin Poljak at Wikistatistics.net (public domain), via Archive.org from 2015; archived spapshot at 6 May 2013 from archive.is
- Special Wikimedia Projects by size — sortable list from WikiStats by mutante at S23.org (last updated 11 September 2011, but still useful information), via Archive.org
- plain-text database list — at NOC.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia NOC
- Wikimedia Grid Report — multiple detailed performance graphs from Ganglia.Wikimedia.org
- Phabricator — formerly Bugzilla.Wikimedia.org, now Phabricator.Wikimedia.org, for bug reporting, tracking, and software development
- Public Mailing Lists — at Lists.Wikimedia.org from Wikimedia Lists
- #wikimedia-space:matrix.org — Wikimedia space – unofficial Wikimedia Community space Matrix-channel at Matrix.org
- Wikipediocracy — an extensive highly detailed WordPress blog and internet forum exposing the light of scrutiny into the dark crevices of Wikipedia and its related Wikimedia projects
- Wikimedia.org site info — from Alexa.com, archived snapshot on 2022-04-01, via Archive.org
- Official WMF social media and networking
- Further reading
- Bell, Dan (editor) (August 2009); The Wiki Handbook: THE How To on Wiki, Complete Expert's hints and tips guide by the leading experts, everything you need to know about Wiki; ; Emereo Publishing; ISBN 1742441661; paperback; 140 pages.
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